Delia Owen's 2018 novel Where the Crawdads Sing has topped sales charts, dominated bestseller lists and galvanised readers all around the world. Combining murder mystery, romance and an evocative sense of the natural world, it follows a young girl called Kya who is abandoned by her family and left to fend for herself in a shack on the edge of the marsh. As the coming-of-age narrative unravels, Kya finds solace and strength in the flora and fauna around her, carving out a lonely, wild existence and a reputation in the nearby town as the strange 'marsh girl'. While most avoid and vilify Kya, there are two men that make connections with her, leading to romance, enlightenment and a violence that threatens her whole livelihood.
As a biologist, Delia Owens captures the landscape with evocative detail, making the North Carolina marshland and birdlife loom as large as any characters in the novel. The result is a strikingly atmospheric story that comes to life on the page and offers plenty of scope for a transporting film adaptation.
Details about cast and timings for the film of Where the Crawdads Sing are sparse, but Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will produce the project under their Hello Sunshine company for Sony Pictures with the help of a strong female team including director Olivia Newman and scriptwriter Lucy Alibar.
Watch this space for updates and for a trailer release. In the meantime, if you haven't read the book, now's the time; you won't regret it.
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